World Travel Awards arrives in Bogotá ahead of Latin America Gala Ceremony

first_img Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:san bartolome, teatro colon, world travel awards Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBogotá, October 6th, 2015 – World Travel Awards has arrived in Colombian capital Bogotá as final preparations begin for the Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015.Hundreds of industry leaders from across the region are expected to attend the red carpet ceremony on Saturday, October 10th, with presentations taking place in Teatro Colón.The ceremony will be followed by a sumptuous banquet of traditional cuisine with a modern twist in Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé.Speaking ahead of the event, World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It is an honour to be welcomed to Colombia for the first time and a privilege to host our annual Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015 here in Bogotá.“The Latin America Gala Ceremony has grown tremendously in recent years, and I look forward to welcoming the elite of both Central and South America tourism to the event on Saturday.”A full list of nominees can be seen here.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.There is more information on the official website. Recommended for youlast_img read more

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DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES

first_img DEPUTY GOVERNOR PROMISES MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 1, 2016 – Deputy Governor, Her Excellency, Anya Williams says her office is preparing to take on the challenges required to streamline government services. This goal, which is often touted but remains elusive to now, is poised to face reform and consolidation, promised the DG.There was stirring applause from the room when the DG remarked that the ONe Stop Shop needs greater efficiency and fluidity; ‘not be a one stop’, but a place where because of consolidation of all TCIG requirements, businesses can get to business more expeditiously. Related Items:anya williams, streamlining government services Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dames is first Hospitality Herolast_img read more

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Cloud Solutions big feature in Digicel Launch of Microsoft Office 365

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 13, 2017 – Digicel is calling it a best in class, productivity tool and yesterday, DigicelTCI launched it to a packed room of business professionals.   Stephen Murad, Chief Commercial Officer said the interest in cloud solutions is tremendous among businesses and explained that Digicel, as the only telecoms company certified in the Caribbean for tier 1 Microsoft Cloud Services, can answer the demand through Office 365;  Murad welcomed, Garrett Quinn, Head of Digicel Business to expound on its features.“The first thing here is, you no longer have to have an IT department to look after on premises servers if you don’t need them.   So all those upgrades to Windows, Windows server and SQL Server and SharePoint, they are all done by Microsoft.”Digicel says it is concerned about the things TCI and businesses generally are concerned about including increasing productivity, building resilience in business networks by keeping connectivity, securing cash, protection from cyber attacks, how companies keep pace with technology and getting regular customer feedback.The launch of Microsoft Office 365 was held at Digicel’s Corporate office on Leeward Highway in Providenciales. Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for youlast_img read more

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New MP makes Town Meeting in Bimini environmental concerns on agenda

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MPPakeishaParkerEdgecombe, #newMPmakestownmeetinginBimini Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14, 2017 – Bimini – Dozens of Biminites are expected to turn out for a town hall meeting on Thursday night and the focus will be ongoing environmental concerns and the recommended way forward for the future of the island in the northern Bahamas.  Waterkeeper Bahamas and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays, will host the public meeting which will also feature new MP for the constituency, Hon. Pakeisha Parker Edgecombe; Save The Bays director of legal affairs Fred Smith, QC, dive master Neal Watson II, and representatives from both the Ministry of Environment and Resorts World Bimini.  Not only will the town hall meeting feature a short video and a brainstorming session, but it will aim to create a symbiosis between development and safeguarding the aquatic environment of the country’s fishing capital.  The meeting, open to the public, is set for Louise McDonald High School at 7pm and will include light refreshments.#MagneticMediaNews#newMPmakestownmeetinginBimini#MPPakeishaParkerEdgecombelast_img read more

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TCI Govt forced to reorganise spending includes hiring freeze

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Turks and Caicos revenue has taken a severe hit according to Premier and Finance Minister Sharlene Robinson; 65% down for September which was the month of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.   At the Public Meeting in Provo on Monday evening it was revealed that a projected $20m in recurrent revenue is dwindled to $7m intake for the month of September instead; representing a 65% decline.   October figures are not yet ready explained Premier Robinson, but they are expected to also reflect a dip.The TCI will have to borrow next year despite having the stipulated cash reserves in the bank; these reserves were said to be $101m.    This cash reserves money, shared the Premier, is mandatorily saved, allowing the country to have 90 days of operational expenditure on hand at all times.  Still the TCI is in a fragile state; spending dramatically outpacing income.   The remedy?  Immediate streamlining said the leader in the PDM Administration.The Premier said Cabinet will tomorrow receive the financial recovery plan and the formula is simple: ‘cut down on Government Expenditure.’   The streamline plan will mean a freeze on government hiring, reprioritizing of the EDF money from the European Union to rebuild schools instead of adding a new one and the shelving of some Capital projects.   Bills to TCIG following Hurricane Irma are already up to $1.2m and the money to pay the invoices will be taken from the Contingency Fund said the Finance Minister.The Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA) report exposed that about 80% of buildings across the country were damaged.  Government had major structural losses and an estimate to rebuild has climbed to over $10m, not including furniture replacement.The Premier during her presentation said an additional $400,000 came in as a result of the country’s claim following Hurricane Maria from the CCRIF.   In all, over $15m was received from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility.The Turks and Caicos was blessed with £50,000 from the Falkland Islands; three new trucks from Gibraltar; $10,000 from a private company in The Bahamas and a commitment of $200,000 from the Caribbean Development Bank.There were reports from all Ministers including Education, Tourism, Home Affairs and Infrastructure.  The Border Control and Health ministers were not at the public meeting held at the Graceway Sports Complex.#MagneticMediaNews#Provopublicmeeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Provopublicmeetinglast_img read more

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Lenglet Dembele is not restless at Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona defender Clement Lenglet insists fellow Frenchman Ousmane Dembele remains fully committed to the clubThe Catalan giants signed Dembele in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering €105m deal following a stunning season in the Bundesliga.However, life in Catalonia has not gone smoothly for Dembele with injury problems and a lack of opportunities spoiling his debut campaign.And things don’t appear to be improving for Dembele after failing to make manager Ernesto Valverde’s squad last Sunday, which saw Barcelona suffer a shock 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis.Valverde’s decision to omit Dembele came after his absence in a training session last week.The 21-year-old has only started two of his last five matches for Barcelona now, but Lenglet is certain there are no problems at Camp Nou.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“If Dembele looked serious in the stands I think that is understandable,” Lenglet told Goal on Dembele’s behaviour.“We were losing and if he started to laugh people would not understand that either.“I don’t think there is any problem with him, he was ill, he couldn’t make training and the coach chose another player.“These are things that happen at every club and we all have to pull in the same direction to reach our goals.”Barcelona will return to action on November 24 in a La Liga game away to third-place Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

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Celtic would struggle in the Championship McNamara

first_imgAccording to former Scottish Premier League footballer Jackie McNamara, the Scottish giants would have a hard time in the second level of English football.Scottish Premier League club Celtic is currently all over the news.The team lost manager Brendan Rodgers to English Premier League side Leicester City.And for many in Scotland, Celtic is bigger than the Foxes, but not so much for a former footballer.“The fallout of Rodgers’ departure has been quite severe with the fans. It’s quite raw at the moment. There’s a lot to play for with the Treble-Treble,” former midfielder Jackie McNamara told Sky Sports.“I think Celtic fans are aware of that [not competing with the Premier League]. It’s difficult with Celtic to compete with clubs from the English Championship. Never mind the Premier League.”“It’s been like that for a while. Martin [O’Neill] came from Leicester in 2000. And now they have taken a manager back this time with the lure of the Premier League,” he added.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“He loves the club. He enjoys the pressures that go with it. Like anyone else, he’d love to still be playing but managing is the next best thing.”“In the circumstances of Brendan’s departure, it’s a great fit with Lennon coming back in to steady things until the end of the season and then see what happens,” he commented.“He’s got experience. He [Lennon] did well in Europe too. Something Brendan didn’t quite do. Long-term the board will look at it but I think it’s just about the short-term to make sure they cover for Brendan’s departure.”Celtic is currently in first place of the Scottish Premier League with 63 points. The team has won 20 matches, drawn three and only lost four.🤝 The new #CelticFC management team 🍀⚪️ pic.twitter.com/OuhFKczLuF— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 27, 2019last_img read more

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Authorities continue search for suspect in violent Oceanside home invasion

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Authorities continue search for suspect in violent Oceanside home invasion Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 16, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Authorities Wednesday released photos of a man who they believe is responsible for a violent home invasion a week ago that left an Oceanside woman hospitalized with serious injuries and asked for the public’ help in identifying and locating him.A 911 call alerted Oceanside police to the crime — which was first reported as a battery — about 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday at a home in the 500 block of Monterey Drive, Oceanside police Detective Ryan Malone said. Responding officers found the 64-year-old woman, whose name was withheld, “battered and bloody,” he said.“She reported that an unknown male attacked her in her bedroom,” Malone said. “The victim sustained life-threatening injuries and is currently recovering in the hospital.”Police released no details about the investigation, but said that in the ensuing week, detectives identified a suspect in the case and were able to obtain two photographs of him. He’s described as a roughly 5-foot-9-inch, 160-pound black man between 30 and 35 years old, with a shaved head, goatee and mustache and possibly pierced ears. He was last seen riding a red bike.Anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery was urged to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4900 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can also contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org; anyone with information leading to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 16, 2018last_img read more

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National University 2018 commencement and flexible schedules for military

first_img Jason Austell May 19, 2018 Jason Austell, Posted: May 19, 2018 Updated: 10:00 AMcenter_img National University 2018 commencement and flexible schedules for military 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJason Austell interviews school president, Dr. David Andrews, and veteran Jeremiah Chambers about National University’s Commencement Ceremony for Armed Forces Day. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Navy SEAL being held at MCAS Miramar in connection with death in

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: MCAS Miramar FacebookTwitter Navy SEAL being held at MCAS Miramar in connection with death in Iraq SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Navy SEAL is being detained at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in connection with the 2017 execution of a detainee in Iraq, according to a Navy Times article.SEAL officials told the Navy Times that the chief special warfare operator has not been charged with a crime, but Naval Criminal Investigative Service are investigating. The Navy Times did not identify the SEAL.“A service member currently assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit is under investigation by NCIS for professional misconduct while deployed to Iraq in 2017,” Naval Special Warfare spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence told the Navy Times. “We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and will cooperate fully with investigative authorities.”According to the publication, the alleged execution of the detainee involved a blade.The SEAL is detained at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, under Rules for Court-Martial 305, the Navy Times reported.The next step could be a hearing in San Diego to decide whether criminal charges should be filed and a general court-martial convened by an admiral.An MCAS Miramar spokesman could not be reached for comment. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 22, 2018 September 22, 2018last_img read more

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Port of San Diego to host public discussion on future Embarcadero development

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News January 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Port of San Diego will hold an open house Wednesday to take feedback on future planning priorities for the Embarcadero.The meeting is part of ongoing drafting of the Port Master Plan Update that will outline development plans for about 6,000 acres along the San Diego Bay the port oversees.The Embarcadero area is home to a mix of landmarks and commercial space like the USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village and the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market.The port is seeking feedback, in particular, about the preferred usage of the northern and central sections of the Embarcadero, roughly spanning from the San Diego International Airport to Seaport Village.In addition to the meeting, residents can take a survey on future Embarcadero developments at portofsandiego.org through Jan. 31.The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Port of San Diego Administration Building, located at 3165 Pacific Highway. Residents can find more information on the Port Master Plan Update drafting process by visiting The Port of San Diego’s website. Updated: 6:30 AM Port of San Diego to host public discussion on future Embarcadero development Posted: January 30, 2019last_img read more

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Local animal center warns of possible coyote encounters as weather heats up

first_img June 13, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Helen Woodward Animal Center warned San Diego County residents Thursday to watch out for coyotes as the weather gets warmer, an announcement spurred by multiple coyote attacks and encounters in recent weeks.According to the shelter, coyote encounters may have increased recently due to hotter seasonal weather, housing development and last year’s fire season. In the last week, the shelter has received reports of three pets killed by coyotes and several more encounters and close calls.One such close call came late last month when the shelter received a report of a dog in the Creekside and Brengle Terrace neighborhoods being constantly chased by several coyotes. Local Realtor Babs Fry, who also runs a nonprofit that rescues hard-to-catch pets, secured the dog, nicknamed Roadrunner, and brought him to the shelter.“We were concerned that Roadrunner may have been bitten and would require rabies shots and months of down time, but he was one of the lucky ones who managed to escape without incident,” said Madison Hughes, the shelter’s animal health supervisor.Residents are advised to avoid leaving pet food or water outside overnight and to constantly supervise pets while they’re outdoors. The shelter also suggested keeping cats inside overnight, walking dogs on a leash at all times and bringing a whistle or bear spray on walks or hikes to ward off coyotes.If residents do cross paths with a coyote, they should make loud noises and throw things at the animal rather than running from it, according to shelter officials. They said the goal should be to deter the coyote from coming back, especially if its spotted in a residential area. Posted: June 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Local animal center warns of possible coyote encounters as weather heats up KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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How to talk to your kids about mass shootings

first_imgHow to talk to your kids about mass shootings KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 7, 2019 Updated: 4:46 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom August 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – We have heard a lot about the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. Many of us have all kinds of emotions, ranging from sorrow, to anger and fear.Children who hear about these incidents will also have feelings.KUSI’s Sasha Foo asked a child psychologist about ways to help kids deal with these troubling events. last_img read more

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ASA Hails Senate Passage of Comprehensive Energy Bill

first_imgApril 25, 2002… Saint Louis, Missouri… The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving the Comprehensive Energy Bill. The measure, approved today by a vote of 88-11, contains several provisions that would benefit U.S. soybean growers by increasing the production of biodiesel. Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel that is produced primarily from soybean oil.”ASA would like to extend its sincere thanks to the Senate for a job well done,” stated ASA President Bart Ruth from his farm in Rising City, Nebraska. “With today’s vote, we’re one step closer to getting a Comprehensive Energy Bill signed into law that contains strong biodiesel provisions. This is good news for Americans and good news for U.S. soybean farmers.”Included in the Senate Energy Bill are a number of provisions that are designed to encourage the use of biodiesel. They are:Biodiesel Tax Incentive – The Senate Energy Bill creates a tax incentive for biodiesel. Under its terms, blenders of biodiesel would receive a 1-cent reduction in the diesel excise tax for every percentage of biodiesel blended with conventional diesel up to 20 percent. This provision provides for the reimbursement of the Highway Trust Fund by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The tax provision was authored by U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and is similar to legislation introduced by Senators Tim Hutchison (R-AR) and Mark Dayton (D-MN), S. 1058.Renewable Fuels Standard – Senate Energy Bill contains a 5 billion gallon renewable fuels standard, of which biodiesel would be an eligible fuel. The renewable fuels standard is similar to legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Tim Johnson (D-SD).EPACT – Senate Energy Bill was amended to encourage government fleets to use more biodiesel to meet current energy requirements. The Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 1992 requires most federal, state and public utility companies to have a certain amount of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in their fleets. The EPACT was amended in 1998 to allow covered fleets to receive credit for using biodiesel, although they could only get 50 percent of their credit for doing so. This amendment, offered by Senators Kit Bond (R-MO) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), removes the 50 percent limit for government fleets.Federal Fleet Use – The legislation also requires federal government fleets to use biodiesel and ethanol when they are cost competitive. Senators Dayton and Grassley supported this provision.Due to the large surplus of soybean oil in the world market, soybean prices are nearing historic lows. U.S. soy oil stocks are currently at a record high of 2.5 billion pounds, which helps explain why soybean oil prices are at their lowest point since 1997.Biodiesel offers the greatest potential for removing this surplus from the market, which will help raise the price farmers are paid for their soybeans. According to a USDA study, an increase of 100 million gallons of biodiesel or other soy-based byproducts per year would boost total crop cash receipts by $5.2 billion by 2010, resulting in an average net farm income increase of $300 million per year. The price of soybeans during this period would rise by as much as $.17 per bushel per year.In addition to the lift it would give to the struggling farm economy, there are many other benefits of increased biodiesel production. For starters, as biodiesel is made primarily from soybean oil grown here in the U.S., it lessens our country’s dependence on foreign oil. There are environmental benefits of biodiesel production as well. Emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate matter would be significantly reduced by increased biodiesel use. An increased demand for biodiesel could also create 13,000 jobs across the U.S. economy.”By including strong biodiesel provisions in their bill, the Senate has demonstrated their commitment to U.S. soybean producers. I want our friends in the Senate who helped secure these provisions to know that ASA greatly appreciates their efforts,” added Ruth.The U.S. House of Representatives approved their Energy Bill last summer. The differences between the House and Senate Energy Bills will soon be reconciled in a joint House/Senate Conference Committee.”Biodiesel is good for our country, good for the environment and good for our farmers,” concluded Ruth. “I now call on the House to show their support for soybean producers by agreeing to accept these critically important provisions in Conference.” Legislation contains provisions designed to boost production of biodiesel.last_img read more

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Invasive plants targeted as Gee Creeks banks undergo another round of weeding

first_imgAnother piece of the city of Ridgefield’s multiyear effort to eradicate invasive nonnative plants along Gee Creek was recently completed.The city received a $10,000 Department of Ecology grant in 2009. City employees, AmeriCorps teams and volunteers recently completed the work funded by the grant, which included replacing nonnative plants with 150 native trees.“The people are very cognizant of the water around them and the wildlife around them,” said Mayor Ron Onslow. “Wildlife is important to people here. They want to keep that quality up. They want the wildlife to be safe. So they’re willing to step up and do it.”The city began the effort in 2005 with a $12,500 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The recent grant, coupled with about $30,000 in city funds, allowed the city to continue the eradication efforts, said Public Works Director Steve Wall.“There’s been a concerted effort for quite a few years, and I think they’re gaining on it, which is nice,” Onslow said.Volunteer groups, led by city employees, worked to clear invasive Himalayan blackberry and English ivy plants from the area bordering Gee Creek. A shot in the stemVolunteers also marked large Japanese knotweed plants for eradication with herbicide, Wall said.The city used some of the grant money to hire an AmeriCorps team to inject herbicide into the knotweed, he said. AmeriCorps teams used a device that looks like a gun with a long needle to inject herbicide into the stems of the plants, Wall said. The herbicide injection is the most effective way of removing the plant, he said.last_img read more

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Hole on North Fork Lewis River Bridge forces lane closure on I5

first_imgA hole formed in the driving surface of the North Fork Lewis River Bridge on Interstate 5 north of La Center on Tuesday, closing the right lane from 5 p.m. till midnight as crews repair the road.The concrete pavement crumbled away in the right lane of the bridge just south of Mile Post 20 and formed a hole, said Abbi Russell, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Transportation. The metal structure of crossbeams and girders supporting the concrete is still intact. “This structure has that issue from time to time,” Russell said.The aging bridge, built in 1968, gets heavy traffic from passenger vehicles and big rigs. An underbridge inspection truck will work to patch the hole with concrete. Drivers can expect some congestion from the road work and are encouraged to take alternate routes.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Winter trying to hang on before arrival of spring Thursday

first_imgThere was a little luck of the Irish during those sun breaks and even a few rainbows Monday. Don’t know about that pot of gold. It was chilly for St. Patrick’s Day, with snow down to the 1,000-foot level at times. Ice pellets and snow pellets were observed around the county. Plenty of green down here for us, while the higher foothills were sporting a coat of white.Winter is still trying to hang on before spring rolls in at 9:57 a.m. Thursday. We will see more rain or showers today and Wednesday as a couple more weather systems come our way. With cold air in place, snow levels today will be down to the foothills again for a short while. I don’t expect problems here in the lowlands, unless we had clearing overnight allowing road surfaces to freeze over if any rain should move in. Remote chance but worth mentioning.The incoming rain does not look as heavy as we had, and things should start drying toward the weekend. Maybe another nice, dry weekend?I’d recorded 4.25 inches of rain here in Salmon Creek so far this month as of 5 p.m. Monday, and we have two weeks to go. Vancouver is right at 4 inches. Our friends in Seattle have measured almost twice that. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 7.69 inches had fallen at Sea-Tac. That is an amazing amount for the Emerald City. And more rain to come!All that water from the sky kind of ties in with the National Weather Service declaring this week as National Flood Safety Awareness Week. Go to the Portland office web site for more information at www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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Zoo trains return following makeover

first_imgAfter a four-month makeover in Ridgefield, a celebrity couple have returned home with all the bells and whistles.And don’t forget about custom paint jobs and updated power plants for a steam powered locomotive and a diesel fueled Zooliner. It was all part of the work when two historic railroad engines from the Oregon Zoo train were refurbished at Pacific Power Group.Following completion of the project, the Old West-style Centennial steam locomotive and the retro-modern Zooliner were loaded onto flatbed trailers this week and trucked to the Oregon Zoo in Portland.The two iconic engines are on schedule to be part of ZooLights, the annual winter lights display, which opens Nov. 28, zoo spokesman Hova Najarian said.Both engines were built to help celebrate Oregon’s centennial in 1959, although they represent vastly different eras. The Centennial steam locomotive is a reproduction — about five-eighths-scale — of the 1872 Virginia & Truckee “Reno” locomotive featured in “How the West Was Won” and dozens of other films and TV shows.The Zooliner echoed the futuristic design (by standards of the 1950s) of the Aerotrain, on a smaller scale; General Motors produced two Aerotrain locomotives that pulled trains from 1956 to 1966.last_img read more

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